|Crap Art: Daegu
(29 Mar 2009 at 13:03)
|Annyong! In 2001 I wrote the Crap Art Manifesto and left it lovingly unupdated since then. The only thing I've really ever done for that is the (fairly successful) Album-A-Day Project (why not make a project into a Movement? all it takes is a manifesto!), but from time to time I hear about things that others have done, which I think is great. My favorite so far is "Crap Art: Daegu", a 24-hour creation festival held in Daegu, South Korea a few weeks ago. Here's their poster:
Basically they got a bunch of space and art materials, then for 24 hours (Friday the 13th) anybody could come and participate in free-form collaborative or individual art in various rooms in this place, then the next day they had a showing of that art with some bands playing too (Pi Day). The money raised went to charity. It sounds like it was really successful. They've got a bunch of photos and video from the event that's collected on their blog. My favorite is a local television piece about the festival. (Click on 2009-03-21 and fast-forward to 36:00 or so.) It's mostly in Korean but there are a few interviewees speaking in English too. I find it very surreal and it makes me wish I was bilingual. (screen grabs for lazies)
|If you come to our pond when we have a waterslide party this summer, we might be able to get my grandma to tell you what they're saying! Or at least you could have some kimchi!
|The basic idea, from what I've been told, is that the show was a fresh, new concept that many people enjoyed and that they were surprised that two, young North Americans could pull it off. The girl who was doing the elaborate fingerpainting (with all her fingers) said that she is an art student and she normally worked very hard on her work and planned everything out. She said it was good to let go and do something spontaneous.
You should go to Don's waterslide party because kimchi and Ajummas (married Korean women) are awesome.
|Sometimes kimchi is not awesome. The latest batch I just made, I decided to put chunks of whole lemon in it, and that was a horrid idea. Now I have like a half-gallon of this to trudge through. But usually kimchi is in fact awesome.
Korean Crap Art festivals = awesome
Now combine Korean Crap Art festivals with kimchi, and we are into some heavy territory...
|I'm going to make the first non-Korea-related comment and point everyone to the related matter of an essay/manifesto entitled "Art is Waste": http://foranewgreensociety.wordpress.com/2/
I think this is an April fool's joke, but it makes some good points and is definitely related to Crap Art, although I think it might be in conflict with Crap Art. Or at least in conflict with Album-a-Day, since the past albums-a-day from years ago are still listed. If art made to last forever is pollution, surely crap art made to last forever is even more so.
My site no longer links to most of my old albums-a-day, though they are still on the Internet Archive. They are indeed each tied to a moment in time. When you (and I mean "you" everyone, not "you" Tom) decide to archive, to keep your old work available in perpetuity, is that really a service to anyone? Or a sisyphean chore that holds you back from breaking new ground? Isn't it liberating to be able to let go?
And I think that in _theory_ at least, the Crap Art movement ought to be myspace friends with the Art is Waste manifesto, even if in execution, they differ. Archiving everything is too embedded in the concept of the internet, but by its very nature, emphasizing exploration over invention, Crap Art should be totally okay to throw out.
Okay, that's enough bonghits for right now.
|That should read, "...too embedded in the CULTURE of the internet...".
|Dude Tom when are you going to write about the T7ES show. It was like a week ago. I already spied the video on your Vimeo account, but we need context!
|No spoilers plzzzz